Doctors: The Sky Is Not Falling

Jeffrey L. Cohen In the 90s, physicians were told “The sky is falling. You have to find a tree to stand under or you will be crushed.” The “trees” were things like IPAs and PHOs. The future outlook was bleak. All patients were going to be part of some system with which the physician would […]

Audio Recording: Workshop Regarding Accountable Care Organizations, and Implications Regarding Antitrust, Physician Self-Referral, Anti-Kickback, and Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) Laws

On October 5th, 2010 the Federal Trade Commission, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General co-hosted a workshop on several issues associated with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), organizations authorized by the new Affordable Care Act that seek to deliver high-quality and efficient health care […]

…..And Now for Something Completely Different?

Mark Browne Mark Browne is an experienced physician executive working as a healthcare consultant with PYA. He can be found as @consultdoc on twitter. Last week the healthcare world was all abuzz. The federal government was set to begin the journey that every player in the marketplace has been waiting for, the road to the accountable care […]

Free Webinar! ‘The Key Enablers to Building a Sustainable ACO’

Registration: Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 1:00 PM to 2:00PM Eastern (10:00AM – 11:00AM Pacific) Five Key Accountable Care Organization Enablers How to put these enablers in place in a range of health care settings Acquire an understanding of new ACO legislation Gain new insight in how to move to an integrated care model Considerations for […]

FTC to Develop Safe Harbors and Expedited Review Process for ACOs

Ashley McKinney Fischer, Partner, McDermott Emery Will The FTC, CMS and OIG hosted a public workshop on October 5, 2010, featuring panel discussions on antitrust issues and an announcement from the FTC that it will develop antitrust safe harbors for accountable care organizations (ACOs), as well as an expedited review process for ACOs that do […]

Accountable Care Organizations Versus Medical Homes: What’s the Difference?

Kevin Fickenscher, M.D. A brief overview of one of the most discussed questions in healthcare today. In the great healthcare alphabet soup, it’s easy to lose sight of the differences between proposed solutions for making healthcare more efficient and effective.  Rather than tackling payment reform in isolation of care delivery, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and […]

Inaugural National Accountable Care Organization Congress

The inaugural meeting of the National Accountable Care Congress ‘ACO Congress‘ to meet in Century City, California, October 25 – 27th, 2010. The ACO Congress represents itself as ‘the leading forum on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and related delivery system and payment reform’, and will feature over 50 sessions, and a faculty of over 100 […]

Healthblawg on ACO’s: The Regulators & Lawyers Listen at HHS

Don Berwick kicked off the day-long Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Workshop and Listening Session, co-hosted by the FTC, CMS and the OIG, with a short, stirring speech that touched on his Triple Aim for health care: better care for individuals, better health for populations and reduced per-capita costs.  He committed the government to interpreting applicable statutes “wisely, […]

A ‘pulse check’ on the race!

With the March 2010 passage of the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the ‘follow the money’ floodgates are once again opening for hospitals, physicians, integrated delivery systems, health plans, and consultants. This time, instead of migrating ‘HMO lite’ (neither staff nor group model) platforms into mainstream medicine via IPAs, or MeSH model JV’s, […]